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Continued from page 1. The relationship would ensure better opportunities and access for students to go to Japan and vice versa, he said. “It’s about both of us becoming aware of each other’s culture and promotes culture and awareness of the two countries. “I think it provides a great opportunity for our kids. Japan is a good introduction country for our
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kids to Asia,” he said. Martin said he and the school’s head of languages, Daiji Kataoka, had been invited to Iizuka by the school’s CEO to discuss the agreement. Iizuka High School already had two sister schools, however Wainuiomata High School would be the first school outside of Asia, Martin said. Wainuiomata High School
was chosen because a former student, Connor Grindlay, now worked at the kindergarten and spoke highly of the school and his home town. “They came to visit us in May because a former student, Connor Grindlay spoke highly of us, we’ve got a number of Japanese students here and they talked to them,” Martin said. Martin said the school was
excited by its new relationship with Iizuka and looked forward to taking students over in the near future. “We’ve picked up three kids who want to go next year and lined up a couple of staff who are keen to go. They’re hoping to send a couple of English teachers here to improve their English. We’d also be really keen to send our Kapa Haka group over,” he said.
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